Percent of State parole discharges successfully completing supervision, by type of parole, 1983-2000

Line graph showing three trend lines for the percent of State parole discharges each year who successfully completed their term of supervision. Lines for discretionary parolees, mandatory parolees, and all parolees are shown.

In 1983, 55.4% of persons discharged from discretionary State parole successfully completed their term of supervision. In 1984, there was a sharp increase up to 67.6%, before going back down to 57.4% in 1985. Since 1985, the rate has varied between a low of 50.7% in 1992 to a high of 56.3% in 1987. In 2000, 53.5% of discharges from discretionary parole were successful.

The percent successful among mandatory State parole discharges decreased steadily from 48.4% in 1983 to 23.8% in 1990. The rate rose to 29.8% in 1992 and reached 33.5% in 1993. The rate remained relatively stable from 1993 to 2000, ranging from a low of 28.0% in 1995 to a high of 35.2% in 2000.

The success rate among all State parole discharges parallels the trend line of the mandatory parole discharges. The only difference is that the overall success rate is 10-12% higher. In 1983, 54.1% of all parole discharges were successful. The rate declined steadily before reaching 35.2% in 1988. In 1989 and 1990, the rate stablized, with success rates of 35.3% and 36%, respectively. From 1991 to 2000, the rate of success fluctuated from 40.5% to 41.3% with no distinct trend. These success rates are based on data from the National Corrections Reporting Program, which is the only source of data for success by mandatory and discretionary parole discharges.

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